Station Antennas

The WCARA operating center is located in the Voice of America Building.  This facility has been undergoing restoration for several years, which has prevented the installation of permanent antennas.

A 60 foot tower containing a HF tri-band beam, a 6 meter beam, and a 2 meter beam antenna is located at the west end of the building.

A 60 foot tower containing a tri-band beam HF antenna is located on the wooden switch gear in the north lot of the VOA facility.  A HF vertical antenna is also mounted at this location, along with a 60 foot tower holding a commercial 440 MHz vertical antenna used with the 443.650 repeater.  Various wire antennas are hung between these towers.

A dual band vertical antenna serves the VHF/UHF operation.

A mag mount dual band 146/440 antenna is mounted inside the upper level of the guard tower for the remote 446.300 (123.0) receiver.

A 2 meter antenna is also mounted inside the tower and is used for EchoLink communication.

Future plans are for the erection of multiple 80 ft. self supporting towers for both HF & VHF/UHF use.

Lightning protection for the station has been upgraded.  Here are some photos of the arrestors which have been installed.






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